Does size really matter? Replicating smart city solution in small and mid-sized cities

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ATELIER is a five-year project funded by the European Commission that focuses on developing citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in the two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam and Bilbao.

Their successful implementations will then be replicated and tested for feasibility in the six Fellow Cities Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Krakow, Matosinhos and Riga.

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18 Oct 2022

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Smart Cities Marketplace

The Smart Cities Marketplace is an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, investors, banks, research, and other Smart City actors. Their common aims are to improve citizens’ quality of life, increase the competitiveness of European cities and industry as well as to reach European energy and climate targets. The Smart Cities Marketplace is a hub for all stakeholders, groups, networks, platforms, and initiatives being involved in the Smart City field. Its single purpose is helping to realise Smart City solutions across Europe by offering an integrated Matchmaking process. The new focus of the Marketplace: How to make community work more focused, more known, more transparent – easier to access.


The Scalable cities is a joint city-led initiative of the European Commission and smart city experts with a goal to support the Smart Cities and Communities projects to create a sustainable, innovative and citizen-led community of smart cities in Europe and beyond; by networking and connecting all stakeholders and guiding them towards Europe-wide replication, improvement of their overall performance, and contribution to the creation of a joint smart cities marketplace in Europe. The aim of Scalable Cities is to identify and promote solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated across Europe and lead to measurable outcomes such as new jobs and energy savings. Scalable Cities represents 120 cities who are involved in 18 Smart Cities and Communities projects funded by Horizon 2020 with around EUR 345 million. Working in consortia with academia, industry, associations, and consultants, they implement more than 550 demonstrations of technological and social innovations in the areas of mobility and logistics, buildings, urban data and ICT infrastructure, citizen engagement as well as urban governance.